Lemons are healthy. Most of us associate lemons and citrus fruits with vitamin C, but that’s not all they have to offer. They’re low in sugar. Lemons contain everything from vitamin B6, vitamin A, vitamin E, folate, niacin, thiamin, riboflavin, and pantothenic acid to minerals like calcium, copper, iron, magnesium, and phosphorus. They even contain more potassium than apples or grapes.
Sipping lemon water is one of the most simple ways to boost your health. Not only is it delicious and incredibly good for you, but it’s also easy to make and relatively inexpensive to make.
WHAT IS LEMON WATER?
Lemon water is a mixture of freshly squeezed lemon juice and water. The amount of lemon juice in lemon water depends on the person’s preference. People may drink it cold or hot. Some people also choose to add lemon rind, mint leaf, honey, turmeric, or other ingredients.
WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF LEMON WATER
1. Support Heart Health
Lemons are a good source of vitamin C. Researches show that eating fruits and vegetables rich in vitamin C reduces your risk of heart disease and stroke Besides, the fiber and plant compounds in lemons could also significantly lower some risk factors for heart disease.
Plant compounds found in lemons — namely hesperidin and diosmin — have also been found to lower cholesterol.
2. Lemon Water Boosts Your Immune System
The high amounts of vitamin C, potassium and folate will boost your immune system and keep your body healthy. No more colds or sinus issues for you this winter! Both the natural phytonutrients and gut-healing properties of this drink will give your immune system an extra boost. Bonus: lemons are also high in lutein and zeaxanthin to keep your eyes healthy.
3. Lemons Are Good For Your Brain
They’re high in potassium, which research shows stimulates brain and nerve function. Let’s dig deeper. Just one lemon contains 80 milligrams of this essential mineral — which is also important for basic cell and muscle functions and maintaining your body’s fluid balance.
4. Lemon Water Freshens Your Breath
It helps relieve toothaches and gingivitis. The citric acid can erode tooth enamel, either hold off on brushing your teeth after drinking lemon water or brush your teeth before drinking it.
5. It Cleans Your Skin
The antioxidants in lemon juice help to not only decrease blemishes, but wrinkles too!
It can also be applied to scars and age spots to reduce their appearance. Because it’s detoxifying your blood, it will maintain your skin’s radiance.
6. Lemon Water Is A Natural Diuretic
This is a great reason to start your day with a large mug of warm lemon water: the diuretic effect helps detox your body to start your day off right. Since it’s a light, natural diuretic, it won’t dehydrate you as prescription diuretics can. In fact, the water and nature hydration of the lemon juice will improve your hydration while also giving you a very gentle diuretic effect to ease bloat.
7. It Might Prevent Kidney Stones
Citric acid may help prevent kidney stones by increasing urine volume and increasing urine pH, creating a less favorable environment for kidney stone formation.
Just a 1/2-cup (4 ounces or 125 ml) of lemon juice per day may provide enough citric acid to help prevent stone formation in people who have already had them.
8. Lemon Water Alkalizes Your Body
While very acidic on their own, lemons have a very alkalizing effect on the body – balance your pH. Why is pH so important? It’s simple, cancer cells can’t grow in an alkaline environment. Keeping your body slightly alkaline by consuming alkalizing foods is extremely important to your overall health. So is limiting acid-forming foods like dairy, animal proteins and high amounts of processed sugar.
9. Lemon Water Aids Digestion
If you ever experience indigestion, grumbling in your belly or digestion issues in general, sipping warm lemon water 10-15 minutes before you eat will help enzyme production in your gut and aid in digestion.
Even better, it also helps your digestion function properly, which can have gut-healing effects over the longterm.
10. Lemon May Even Help Respiratory Problems
As noted above, drinking warm lemon water helps eliminate chest infections and halt those pesky coughs. It’s thought to be helpful to people with asthma and allergies, too. This may be because the vitamin C in lemon juice boosts the immune system and the compound limonene also helps the body resist asthma triggers as a result.
The antioxidants in lemon juice may help the body in its fight against allergens and irritants. And the antiseptic properties of lemon might help prevent mucus build-up.
11. It Keeps You Zen
Vitamin C is one of the first things depleted when you subject your mind and body to stress. As mentioned previously, lemons are chock full of vitamin C, which has been shown in numerous studies to reduce stress’s physical and psychological effects.
In fact, people who have high levels of vitamin C in their bodies don’t respond to stress as you’d expect. They feel less of it in highly stressful situations and then bounce back from those situations faster. So, one of the most surprising benefits of lemon in water in the morning might be that you feel more centered throughout the day.
12. It Helps With Weight Loss
Lemons are high in pectin fiber, which could help fight hunger cravings… if you’re eating a whole lemon. And some people lose weight more quickly just by upping their water intake. But many people also find that juicing them into warm water for their morning cup helps them lose weight faster.
One research study found that polyphenols in lemon juice have the power to suppress body fat accumulation. The same research showed that the same compounds in lemons significantly reduced weight gain — even for those who were overeating.
HOW TO MAKE LEMON WATER
Lemon water is simply that; the juice and/or slices of lemon including the peel in water. Warm or cold water is up to you. You can add other ingredients and flavours such as orange or mint if desired. The lemons can be juiced (in advance if convienient) and even stored in ice cube trays for freezing.
Rolling a lemon between your hands or on a work surface before juicing is said to yield more juice. Unwaxed lemons make the ideal choice if you want to use the lemon zest or add lemon slices to water. If only waxed lemons are available, gently scrub the peel before use.